Saturday, May 25, 2013

Hooking and Sewing...Finally

Today is a beautiful day. I got up this morning and it seemed like a great day to bake, so I made cranberry-oatmeal muffins and blueberry muffins. It has been so long since I just puttered around the kitchen.

I have my first commission rug to do. I have never had one of those so I am super excited. It is a cow pattern.

It is going to be a black and white cow. So tell me all of you that have Holsteins. Are they black with white spots or white with black spots? I am in sort of a quandary. I never looked at cows with that in mind of picking wool for the colors.

I hooked yesterday. I worked on this rug. I was so nice to pick up my hook again.

I will reverse hook that orange stripe. It just shouts to loudly with the rest of the pattern. I have my other rugs to work on but I am feeling the need to buckle down and get something finished.

I also sat and sewed yesterday.

I love doing letters. For some reason it is just so relaxing to me. I continue to play house getting things back in order. I fixed this on my front porch.

Last week, my two boys who shared a room got to take Emilie's room when she moved out. The boys have been redoing their rooms and making each one into their own. It has been nice seeing their personalities in the way they decorate.
Which leaves the loft now that school is over to be empty. No more school in there. Ron said, I could turn it into my studio if I wanted. I have been happily planning in my mind what I will do. The first thing is I am going to move the bookcases that are in my bedroom up to the loft. It would be so nice to have all of my sewing things in one place rather than spread all over the house in all kinds of places. It sounds like a fun way to start summer vacation. I love rearranging and cleaning things.

Lots of possibilities to dream about. I am so tempted to get some pumpkin seeds and just plant pumpkins. But maybe I will just play house all summer. Goodness knows it has been awhile.

Have a lovely three day weekend. I am really enjoying mine so far.



TexWisGirl said...

oh, your own studio is a WONDERFUL start to your new life w/o teaching! love that! and hooray for the boys having their own space, too!

now, you know darn well you can google holsteins to see their patterns. most of the spotted ones i've seen are white with black spots, but lots of black holsteins with white markings, too. :)

Velva said...

Awesome! A lot of good things are happening for you. Enjoy!


Alica said...

Hmmm...I'd say it's a toss up for black vs white spots. But...I'd say the more spotty looking ones are white with black spots. The ones that are mostly black with some white, don't really have spots, but patches of white. Does that help? :) Mooooooo...that's where I'm headed. It's milking time!

Julia said...

I think that your husband's idea of having the loft for your own studio is an excellent idea. It's nice to have everything in one place. Have fun decorating.

We have black holsteins with white blotches and white holsteins with black dots. I prefer the black one with white blotches for a rug.

I love your cow design. Congratulations on your commissioned rug. It will be lovely.

Have a great weekend and please could you pray for my brother in law Henri. His heart is failing and needs to travel to another city to have a pace maker put in on Monday morning. His heart beats so slowly that he's afraid that it will stop beating while he sleeps. Thanks,


NanaNor's said...

Happy Summer(almost)to you! Love your hydrangeas, they are one of my favorite flowers. Congrat's on another school year being done; I bet your boys will love having their own space. Hope you are able to create a wonderful space for your sewing and stitching.
Hugs, Noreen

Kessie said...

Wow, what a great idea! It gets hot up there, but you'll be up there where all the fun stuff goes on. I'm glad you're getting back to normal. We're getting Internet tomorrow and I'm terribly excited.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Kim ~
Congrats on your first commissioned rug. I love the rug you are currently hooking. I bet it feels good to have hook in hand with life getting back to normal. What fun to turn the loft into your studio! You deserve it after all the years teaching there.
Pug hugs : )

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Just think of all the fun you are going to have organizing the loft. You can get an electric tea kettle and never have to leave once you get going on a project.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

A commissioned rug? How exciting. I can't wait to see it when it's finished.

How blessed you are to have your own studio. I too love cleaning and rearranging - sounds like a wonderful way to spend your summer.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

the muffins sound wonderful as does having a commissioned piece. holsteins around here seem to be white with black splotches.

Nellie said...

Well, I asked my husband about Holsteins, and he answered, "Both!" So, there you have it.:-) Not much help around here.:-)

It sounds like you have had a wonderful day! Baking, hooking, and sewing! Back to "keeping house." Enjoy, Kim!

xo Nellie

Kim said...

Your very own studio is fantastic! It would be so much fun to set it up. I wish I was there to help you. I've always wanted my own hooking room. Did Kessie draw that rug? It's a great design and it will be fun to hook

annie said...

A lovely post!
Enjoy the new "you" space.
Show us some pictures as you make it your own!

Debbie said...

Getting back to normal, after all that excitement, it must feel wonderful!! Gorgeous pink "snowballs", one of my favorites!!

Mary Ann said...

The rug is beautiful... and how neat that the boys get to "design" their own rooms... what fun for them! I hope you have a safe and happy weekend!

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

You have a lift in your voice today! How exciting to plan a studio of your own.

Jacque. said...

WOW! I am so impressed...a commissioned rug! That is a great design and will be fun for you to hook. I am amazed at how far you've come with your hooking. White with black, I say. Sounds like a great summer to just relax and make your own space and play house.

Pom Pom said...

Yes, yes, yes. I vote for playing house all summer long.
Read the first Boxcar Children again. Remember when they made their little "house"? LOVE.

Sherri said...

I have loved counted cross stitch since I was a child. You are so right about it being relaxing. This post has inspired me to blow the dust off my sewing box & stitch a little. Have a blessed day :O)

Miss Debbie said...

Glad you are enjoying some of your favorite things! I look forward to seeing what God has in store for you now that you have retired your "teaching hat"! :-)

acorn hollow said...

I came over to visit because I heard such nice things from Kim at millies mats. So glad I did.
love your rug not sure if the cows are white with black spots or the opposite.

myletterstoemily said...

it made me happy to see you doing something you love
and kind of relaxing. your relaxing is like everyone
else's work. :) said...

Your work is always wonderful. I am so glad you are switching gears and embracing your new "norm" for how every long that last. Your transition out of home schooling and changing the house to met your new life is wonderful. Enjoy, enjoy!